March 13, 2013
MONSTER Show...one of the very best!
I couldn't attend either of these nights, though I lived in the Bay Area at the time. No looking back...but thank heaven for this genius, this saint, this wizard of a recordist named Matt Lazor. -AUD recording? Yes, but god, you'd swear it was a Jay Ashley matrix. Unbelievable! And for what HAS to be one of the top all-time 4 or 5 Phil/Fr performances of all time...caught on tape, at least. Start listening, right now. No hype, no exaggeration, no skewed, mind-fuzzed enthusiasm here. I've plumbed the nooks and cranniss of the Archive for several years, catching many somewhat overlooked shows, and discovered so many gems. But after much inner debate I have to say that this show, in a tie with Feb 13 Portland, same year, is probably my personal favorite Phil show ever, at least certainly by the Quintet. The setlist, the vocals, the magic, the segues, the telepathy, the genius, the unbridled skill- the list goes on and on. If I started pointing out special, peak-magic moments in each number here I'd end up overwrought and overwritten. So, just download and prepare to have your mind blown.
April 5, 2005
This has GOT to be one of the best shows I ever Saw!
Phil & Friends Set 1: After the X-Mas Jam I was psyched to hear the NEW sound, and again right from the tune up I was impressed with the way Phils bass was sounding. To open the show comes a light party cruise, a Scarlety Jam featuring some searching play from Jimmy and some Jerresque scale riding from Warren. Soon all the boys start settling into a haunting Shakedown, not a really big start but a good warm up for sure. I take note of the sound during Shakedown also, Phils Bass sounds Sweet! All of the band members are sounding up front and clear, and to top it all off, the vocals havent been better all year. ALRIGHT, lets get it on!!! As we swing along in the shakedown groove suddenly it was gone before you knew it. Replaced by a jam that seemed segmented in it times & styles till before you know it I am treated to Back to Back Loose Lucys. As they slip into it Warren & Jimmy do a little tit for tat then Warren takes over to slide us the rest of the way into Lucy. NOT to be outdone Phil definitely lets us know its time for Lucy with some Snappin Bass. Whoo Hooo, I look around and see everyone smilin, singin, & dancin and you can actually see the IT!! There is NO doubt, during the bridge you could hear the crowd singing OVER the band, it was US the heads making or own music to add with the boys. Amazing, what a way to start off the show!
After a Breather, Whoa???.King Solomons!!!! Expect the unexpected! Here comes the start of the foot in mouth syndrome I face for the rest of the night and next night. I lean into Martimus and say,..I was Wrong! Warrens work was crystal as always but WOW Rob was on Fire!, Not to ignore Molos Volcanic eruption! Or Jimmys Blistering guitar! Notice-> Fire, Volcanic & Blistering, folks it was Hot as Hell and when it ended my jaw was on the floor! Even Phil made a Molo comment after that one!
Masons??? Oh, Oh this show is now headed to a new dimension; you could just feel it. Phil absolutely pounds this baby out! With that for a backbeat my ass is swingin, Warren tosses in the slide and it gets funky. *ATTENTION: The elevator music has left the building. * Now we are left with this almost aggressive rock & roll band, which is fine by me. As they approach the final verse, a smokestack tease gets tossed in, & after another round of stellar group vocals they blow the end up like a party balloon filled with confetti. Reigning things in a little after Masons Phil then heads us out to what I like to call a ..Whopping Jamola!! This Jam was filled with different layers, textures and rhythms, eventually finding its way to an amazing Skynard Jam, Tuesdays Gone? Not sure of the tune but OH my how sweet it was. Then with a slight waver The STEVEN (dimensional shift has occurred)! Lordy, what are we in for? As Phil drops bombs on me, and as I am wrapped up in the moment. I begin to feel the IT! Like a fan of coral in the waves, I find my own answer, Bliss. As they wind up the Stephen Im thinking how can you finish this thing off w/o a Golden and Bam! Come and Join the Party?.Whooo Hooooo!
Set 2: Cryptical opened the second set and I was kinda bummed I had still not seen, My Friend Cryypy. Oh well I hope he made it I heard rumors of a car ride that could possibly go bad and was wishing him the best. I digress.anyway what more can I say about the band my mental Thesaurus has been drain after so many shows. So we drift along and after a super sweet Cryp we then flow through a nifty jam till we get to a very spacey Strawberry Fields. Robs vocals again Shine bright in this tune. Strawberry Fields kind of drifts off and then after a little spaceyness Phil picks up the Cannon and ba-Boom! The Other One slams into the Kaiser, Big, Bad, and Loud just the way I LOVE it! Tapecat is now in Seventh Heaven, and it would stay that way for quite some time to come. Through out TOO it stayed loud and proud, then when The 11 came busting around just as Big & Bad, I suddenly remembered that we had already slipped into another dimension. (Things that shift & settle during set breaks need rejuvenating before one is totally aware of where one is.) 11 was a Rager which tuned into a Great Jam, Raging out of the 11 it soon turned VERY space oriented before heading into a really Nice Scarlet. It wasnt the hottest around but it was very, very Sweet. Phils bass and voice were again as it was all night Very Clean & Very Good. In Fact his bass and Jimmys guitar got into this groove that absolutely swept me up.
Scarlet ended with a Bang, then after a breather came an amazing Unbroken Chain. It was long and beautiful, keeping me adrift in the ..IT, dimention. It was also fitting with the foundations efforts during the shows to play this one for them. The transition to Night of a Thousand Stars was another Gorgeous one to say the least, and then into what will be called the coming out party for 1000 Stars. I know its been done tons but tonight was THE night for this little ditty. The Band plays it with a confidence and polish reserved for only the finest tunes, which this has rightfully become part of. Thank-You Mr. Hunter!
Well That was it, Oh yeah there was a Casey Jones. If Ever there was a show that didnt require an encore this was the one, so I guess this was a fine pick for the night, short & sweet. I mean come on, its fine to want more in your armchair, but we at the show were spent , with a BIG day ahead tomorrow~SO~ it was just Fine!